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Dieter Gass: “Audi RS 5 DTM is a automobile to be beaten”

Congratulations on a early win of a manufacturers’ championship in a DTM. How critical is this pretension for Audi?
Just like in Formula One, a outmost outcome of a drivers’ pretension has a biggest value in a DTM, too. However, in a DTM, a manufacturers’ pretension is also of really high value. It’s an indicator of who has finished a best altogether pursuit as a team. This includes a drivers, a teams, a partners, as good as all a employees in Neuburg, Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, who are not indispensably manifest trackside. It’s a pretension that each ‘Audian’ can be unapproachable of.”

Never before in a new epoch of a DTM has an vehicle manufacturer won a pretension so dominantly and so early …
That even came as rather of a warn to us. It shows that this year a Audi RS 5 DTM is a vehicle to be beaten. we also feel that a four-cylinder turbo engine is now a magnitude of all things. Our engineers done good use of their endless know-how. We shouldn’t forget that as early as in 2001 Audi was a initial vehicle manufacturer to have total approach injection with turbocharging in motorsport. The Audi R8 LMP with a TFSI engine was most unbeatable in a sports antecedent difficulty from 2001 to 2005. Shortly after a initial Le Mans feat in 2001, TFSI record went into production. Today, a multiple of gasoline approach injection and turbocharging is customary use and an critical potency record that helps a association revoke CO2 emissions. This advantage in knowledge advantages a business – as good as a DTM drivers.

Can we know that, due to Audi’s stream dominance, there are initial calls for reinstating a opening weights?
Obviously, we, too, would like to see races that are as stirring and sundry as probable – but, please, not due to a lapse of a opening weights. The DTM used to be indicted of being some-more of a uncover than motorsport. In Gerhard Berger we have a loyal racer as DTM CEO. He totally shares a view: a best should win. The abolishment of a opening weights in a 2017 deteriorate was a really critical move. In annoy of this change, we’ve given seen many stirring races. At a commencement of 2018, we were in a conditions that was identical to that of a competitors today: Initially, we were struggling with a aerodynamics that became specified during that time. We strike stone bottom in Saturday’s competition during a Lausitzring with 0 points. It was a formidable proviso for a whole patrol though we worked tough and, in annoy of a homologated cars, fought behind to a tip during a deteriorate with a lot of minute work. In a DTM, many tiny sum matter. The time gaps are so tiny that a waves can spin really fast during any time – in annoy of “frozen technology.”

So, since is Audi so clever this year?
As we said: In a DTM, a whole package has to be right. No doubt, a biggest strength this year is a fact that a vehicle does good on all marks and that all of a drivers are competing on a likewise high level.

What are a special fortes of René Rast and Nico Müller, who are battling for a pretension neck and neck?
Should René turn champion this year it’ll be due to his intensely clever subordinate performance, among other things. At this stage, he’s scored 27 points usually in qualifying. Nico Müller – opposite seasons – has by now scored points in 18 uninterrupted races. That, too, is exceptional.

With a perspective toward a manufacturers’ championship, was it wilful to have dual some-more cars on a grid than BMW?
Definitely not, since usually a 4 best cars of a brand, respectively, count in a manufacturers’ championship. The advantage is minimal. This is also reflected in a many-sided points contributed by a dual additional patron cars.

Following a final races, there was a lot of contention about a theme of “team orders.” What are your comments on this?
I can know a fans’ wish of saying “free racing,” and this is really what they saw in a initial half of a season. Every one of a drivers had a event of putting himself in a position of receiving support in a second half of a season. That’s no opposite with BMW either. Just demeanour during Assen: Marco Wittmann started from a distant back of a grid there and was authorised to pass by all his associate BMW drivers within a initial 5 laps. It’s transparent that a drivers with chances for a pretension will be supported. we don’t need any group orders for that. We have intelligent drivers who know how teamwork functions. You can really review this with a Tour de France – or with Formula One: Did anyone protest about Sebastian Vettel assisting his teammate, Charles Leclerc, win during Spa? That’s usually partial of racing. In a DTM, it’s viewed as being some-more impassioned since we now have usually 3 brands on a grid, and one of them is not entirely rival yet. Gerhard Berger is intensively operative on attracting some-more brands to a DTM – and that’s when a discussions will take caring of themselves.